Highly Collaborative Bioinformatics in Partnership with Post-Genome

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Abell
Endowment
Distinguished
Lecture

in Computer Engineering

in conjunction with the

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

&
Computer Science Department Seminar Series




Dr. Thomas L. Casavant

University of Iowa

Professor
,
Departments of Elec
trical and Computer
Engineering,

and Biomedical Engineering
;

Roy J. Carver, Jr. Chair in Bioinformatics and
Computational Biology
;

Director
,


IU
Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology




Highly Collaborative Bioinformatics in
Partnership with

Post
-
Genome Medicine



Monday,
April 15
, 2013

Reception: 1
0
:30
a
.m.

Lecture: 1
1
:00


1
2:00

noon

Location:
Computer Science Building Room

130



ABSTRACT

Since 1995, large
-
scale gene discovery and mapping focused on disease gene
mutation discovery and u
nderstanding, have been at the heart of research efforts in the
CLCG and CBCB at the University of Iowa. Together with faculty in the UI Carver
College of Medicine, advanced computational, mathematical and high
-
performance
networking techniques have been d
eveloped and deployed to help isolate genes that
carry normal and diseased functions of interest in humans and model organisms. To
date, these methods have been used to identify hundreds of disease
-
causing gene
mutations, as well as disease
-
associated gene
tic loci and predictive and/or diagnostic
genomic markers of human disease.


After presenting a broad overview of bioinformatics and computational genomics
work at Iowa, some specific software solutions will be presented, including a recent
phenotype
-
drive
n analysis of next
-
generation clinical sequencing data. Then, I will
present a practical solution to the computationally demanding problem of identifying a
class of genes known as Xenologs


genes found in a species, which arose from
horizontal gene transf
er. A multi
-
granularity parallel solution is presented which reduces
the computation time of a comprehensive Xenolog search from years to hours of
computational time. The talk will conclude with a discussion of unique challenges
involved in bioinformatics
training programs, and efforts at Iowa aimed at addressing
this growing need.



SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Casavant has a B.S. in Computer Science (1982), and M.S. (1983) and Ph.D. (1986) in
Electrical and Computer Engineering and has conducted extensive resear
ch and development
in the design and analysis of parallel/distributed computing systems, algorithms, and tools. He
is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Ophthalmology,
and Genetics. He holds the Roy J. Carver, Jr. Ch
air in Bioinformatics and Computational
Biology and has been Director of the UI Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
(CBCB) since its founding in 2002. Since 1994, he has been involved in research in
computational methods and tools for Gene
Discovery, Mapping, Transcriptome Analysis and
Disease Gene Identification/Isolation. His research interests span the areas of computational
aspects of genomics, molecular biology, and human genetics, as well as software engineering,
high performance compu
ting systems and networks.




To
meet

with the speaker
, please contact
Prof.
H.J. Siegel at
HJ@ColoState.edu
.